Poland, Day 13 (A Day at the Opera)

by Assistant Artistic Director, Lorna Hernandez Jarvis

What an incredible day we had today!  We spent the day at the Warsaw Opera House (http://teatrwielki.pl/en/the-theatre/place/) .  We had a guided tour of the Opera house for our group.  The stage was HUGE with all kinds of trap doors, and state of the art technology. The theater has four different types of curtains that are used depending on the type of production, We got to see the workshops where they build the sets and the painting room where they design and paint the backdrops. Got to see the dressing rooms, the costume shops, where they make the costumes, where they clean them, and where they keep them. They have over 5000 costumes catalogued in their storage area. Some of our dancers were allowed to try some of the costumes on. Then we got to sit in the house.  It was an amazing experience!  We were then escorted to the fourth floor where the Polish National Ballet has their studios.  We were invited to watch the class of the professional dancers, and then watch a rehearsal of Les Sylphides (Chopiniana). Two choreographers from the Bolshoi were there to set the piece and today was the last rehearsal before they go back to Moscow.  It was such a pleasure to see the original choreography, and the excellent quality of the dancers.  We then had lunch at the cafeteria, and found the small studio we were allowed to use for rehearsal. Nik taught a short class then we rehearsed the program for our last show. Eduard decided to surprise two of our dancers today by having them learn and rehearse The Swan Lake Act II Pas de Deux (Corinne), and the Dying Swan solo (Julianna).  After the rehearsal he and NIkoloz decided that the two of them will dance the pieces in our last performance in Poland on Saturday May 28. The girls have two more days of rehearsal before they get this great opportunity to dance these classical pieces in Poland.

As if that was not enough after rehearsal we walked a few block to get to Old Town, and got to see incredible architecture, churches, beautiful little streets, and the square at the heart of Warsaw. The city is absolutely beautiful! We finally made it back to the hotel by 9:00 andthe dancers are now all settling down in their rooms. Today was one of those days that memories are made of.  What an incredible experience for our MBA dancers!